Nanoseconds Of Happiness: You’re Going to Love Your iPhone, Until the Next Gizmo Calls

So you’ve got the latest gadget, but is our desire to consume proving too all-consuming? … Benjamin R. Barber, a professor at the University of Maryland, argues in his recent Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilise Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole that modern capitalism drives grown-ups “to retrieve the childish things the Bible told us to put away, and to enter the new world of electronic toys, games, and gadgets that constitute a modern digital playground for adults”. Indulging our desire for gadgets, Professor Barber warns, makes adults selfish, sad and infantile.

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